The winter holidays in Europe mean festive Christmas markets and in Germany’s Dresden Elbland there are plenty of them.
Here is a rundown of them and other things to do, events and activities this winter in Dresden Elbland.
The 589th Dresden Striezelmarkt will open on November 29th. There are eleven Christmas markets in Dresden alone, and many more in the region. Two are on the market square in Meißen or Pirna. The Christmas markets also take place on Dresden’s Neumarkt, Augustusmarkt and in the Stallhof until the beginning of January.
Then there is the Original Dresden Christmas Stollen. There is a lot of love and experience goes that does into the stollen bakers’ show workshop at the Striezelmarkt, where the Dresden Stollen Festival will have its grand finale on Dec. 9. In addition, stollen baking courses can be booked at selected bakeries, such as the Dresdner Backhaus and the Wippler bakery in Pillnitz.
A general overview of the Christmas and winter season in Dresden Elbland can be found at www.dresden-christmas.info
250th Anniversary Of Casper David Friedrich
Together with Saxon Switzerland, Hamburg, Berlin and Greifswald, we are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the most important artist of early German Romanticism, Caspar David Friedrich. The romantic valley along the Elbe between the Altzella, monastery park, Meissenvia Dresden to Saxon Switzerland offers your guests the incomparable opportunity to follow in the footsteps of this romantic. Be inspired by the following Komoot route, which contains all authentic stations:
Dresden’s 2023-24 Winter Activities & Events
The winter off-season offers a special opportunity to enjoy Dresden’s magnificent and unique cultural treasures during a quieter time than the busy summertime.
The Old Masters Picture Gallery, one of the most important art museums in the world, has a large collection of Italian works related to Venice. Canaletto’s views of the lagoon city are represented here, as are the large oil paintings by his nephew Bellotto, who set the scene for Baroque Dresden. A special exhibition is dedicated to the theme “Timeless Beauty. A History of Still Life“.
In January and February, the Dresden State Operetta commemorates the Venetian womaniser whose family lived in Dresden and who himself contributed two opera texts to the Dresden Carnival with the revue “Casanova“.
The 3rd “Elbvenezianischer Carneval (Venetian Carnival at the Elbe) ” on Feb. 9-10 recalls the centuries-old links between the two art cities and the almost 350-year tradition of the Venetian Carnival in the Saxon Residence. Visitors are invited to take part in an elegant historicisation of seeing and being seen.
On Feb. 24, 2024, the traditional “Semperopernball” involves a unique experience in the opera house designed by architect Gottfried Semper. The celebrations also take place on the Theaterplatz directly in front of the Semperoper. There are more shows shows at the Semperoper and concerts, for example by the Dresden Philharmonic and in the Dresden Frauenkirche.
Winter Hotel Information In Dresden
There are numerous off-season hotel choices in Dresden. Some offer heated indoor pools in addition to saunas, such as the renowned Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski, has just undergone a complete renovation.